Built in 1928 by Victor Bourgeois for his sculptor friend Oscar Jespers, the workshop operated until Oscar’s death in 1970.

At the end of the 1920s, this space, which occupies over 400 m2, was a prime meeting place for Europe’s artistic avant-garde.



« Urbanistic Ceramic » by Frederick Gautier

16/11 from 11:00 to 17:00

17/11 from 11:00 to 18:00

18/11 from 11:00 to 22:00 (nocturne)

19/11 from 11:00 to 17:00

From 20/11 to 10/12 by appointment only

This is the second episode in a  project involving the ceramist Frédérick Gautier (FCK), Jean-François Declercq of Atelier Jespers, and Emilie Sené and Anthony Vergne, of Gallery Maison Verrsen. FCK, having already exhibited his ceramics at Atelier Jespers for the event Pierre Jeanneret in Chandigarh, is here again to present his three latest creations.

URBANISTIC CERAMIC brings together the work of: OPTx100 Péniche Le Corbusier in Paris, Eat The River, Los Angeles, and Amarrage OPBx100, on the canals of Paris.

Frédérick Gautier transforms the urban landscape through his plastic art, thereby creating "tools for nourishment".

His eclectic journey bears witness to an insatiable quest for images, shapes and materials. Having worked for twenty years in the film industry, he is now developing ways of revealing the graphic, aesthetic and familiar qualities of territory which is sometimes unapproachable or concealed.

Architectural fragments rub shoulders with modern design and are captured in ceramics which often evoke the texture of concrete.


Fine-tuning his  approach to landscape during the four years spent at school in Versailles, one day he traced a swimmer's path in the Grand Canal of Louis XIV's castle.This performance, supported by Agnès b, marked the beginning of a subversive adventure in exceptional places, playing with the limits of the forbidden.


After having lived in Le Corbusier's barge and produced100 teapots, FCK now moves on to the Los Angeles River in 2016 for his performance Eat The River.This photographic work will be exhibited for the first time at Atelier Jespers. These images capture the territory, and in every instance, link up with an object that derives from it.


FCK has recently installed his workshop on the walkways of  Magasins Généraux , BETC headquarters in Pantin.

For this sixth operation in situ, he transports us once again to the water's edge  with 100 mooring bollards, produced during this residential period.

At the origin of all civilizations, water, constituent element of the earth, also requires tools to control it. His ceramics are inspired by this mobile and floating world that he rediscovers on the borders of the canal. Forms to contain it spring from this encounter. He always evokes a territory by borrowing tools that are related to it and that he finds on the spot.

FCK relentlessly pursues simple forms, exploiting ever faster production methods. Repetetive action gives rise to a meditative gesture, which in turn provokes random results.


The organic materials of the earth and mineral enamels, are vibrant because of their imperfections. Textures differ, producing objects that are both serial and unique.


Motivated by the challenge he inherited from the business environment, Frédérick Gautier plays with the boundaries of time and space. His mobile factory is like a micro- factory, in which tools and actions are kept to a minimum.


Objects are produced with speed and agility, then numbered and inventoried. He multiplies his series of objects under the impetus of a "machine man", and echoes the masters of architecture, such as Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier or Oscar Niemeyer.


The modernistic, brutal tenets of his mentors inform his objects, constructed as they are like micro architecture. In the same way, the will to inhabit his landscape with functional objects puts a limit on ornamental expression.


With FCK, photography, image and object, aim to be graphic, useful and searching for shortcuts.



Exhibition in January – Concrete poetry  from 25/01 to 25/02/18

 Focus on Flemish Modernist & Brutalism architecture of the 60’s & 70’s

© Atelier Jespers - Erfprinslaan 149 Avenue du Prince Héritier -  Brussel 1200 Bruxelles

Contact : Jean-Francois Declercq +32 475 64 95 81- Elsa Sarfati +33 6 10 84 27 48  - jf@atelierjespers.com